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Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and knowledge, of rational activity and the practical arts. Athena is thus the goddess of science, presiding over both the knowledge we seek from science and the practical arts we employ in our search for that knowledge. Scientific instruments may well be considered Athena’s heirs, as they embody both scientific knowledge and the practical skills required to design, make and use them.
Sometimes scientific instruments migrate out of the laboratory and into our everyday lives. They are applied to reach goals that are societal rather than scientific. Scientific instruments have caused significant changes in industry, in the military, and especially, as we show in this collection, in medicine.